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Is your car parked on the right side of the street?

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New parking restrictions went into effect Thursday in South Bend.  All to help the city clear the streets of snow.

The City is trying a new tactic this time and like anything new it takes some getting used to.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said, "Our snow crews are on their 27th consecutive day of snow removal operations."  So to help with that snow removal process the City of South Bend has changed their snow removal parking restrictions to a numbers system.

Mayor Buttigieg said, "This is a lot easier to remember.  Odds on odd days even on even days."

If it's an even numbered day on the calendar your car needs to be parked on the side of the street with even addresses.  The same thing goes for odd numbered days, that's when you should park on the odd numbered side of the street.

This new system should allow plows to get down half of the street one day and the other half the next.  Right now it's tough for plows to squeeze through two cars parked on opposite sides of the street.  South Bend Street Commissioner Paul South said,  "We're getting into the situation where we can't get essential service vehicles down the street, can't get buses, can't get a plow."

South said the first day of the new restrictions was mixed.  Some cars were parked on the correct side of the street, but not all.  "Obviously it's not going to be 100 percent the first two days we do this so we're trying to extend this," said South.

The City is extending the restrictions into next week.  That'll give them more time to get the word out and more time for you to get used to it.  Mayor Buttigieg said, "we're counting on people to comply.  We don't want to be heavy handed with the tagging and towing but we do need to get those cars out of the way so the crews can do their job."

The city can ticket or even tow cars if they haven't been moved for 72 hours.  So if you don't move your car it could cost you $145 or more.

The odd-even parking restrictions will be in effect February 7th and February 10th-13th.

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